Insider 7/02/2010

One of the things I’ve always enjoyed about WARMACHINE and HORDES is building army lists. When I was packing for my move to Washington, I came across all kinds of old Cygnar lists I had put together back in 2005 when I just started playing.
Most of the lists involved my top 3 favorite Cygnar ’casters: Haley, Caine, and Nemo. These were scribbled in notebooks, on Post-it notes, on the backs of receipts, you name it. As it became clear WM/H was more than a passing fancy, list making became more sophisticated. There were very few force construction programs available 5 years ago – unlike today, where you can make a list on your iPhone/iPod Touch/Android, on the web, or on your computer.

Regardless of how you build your army, it can be a very social undertaking. I remember plenty of afternoons spent at All About Games coming up with combinations of models we owned or the kinds of armies we’d build if we won the lottery. Someone would have the seed of an idea, and by the time the peanut gallery had chimed in, we had a list that everyone wanted to play but no one wanted to play against.
When I decided to start my small Cryx force, it was based solely on the fact I really liked the models for Pirate Queen Skarre and Skarre, Queen of the Broken Coast. Once I had my Forces of WARMACHINE: Cryx book in hand and read the Theme Forces for both versions of Skarre, I knew which models I’d be picking up. Since Pirate Queen Skarre is painted, I built a list for her first.

Army Name: Shore Leave Cryx 
50+6 points (40 models)

  • Pirate Queen Skarre (6 points)
  • Harrower (10 points)
  • 2x Nightwretch (4 points)
  • Skarlock Thrall (2 points)
  • 5 Black Ogrun Boarding Party (6 points)
  • 
5 Black Ogrun Boarding Party (6 points)
  • 10 Bloodgorgers (8 points)
  • 
General Gerlak Slaughterborn (3 points)
  • Necrotech (1 point)
  • 2x Satyxis Raider Captain (2 points each)
  • 10 Satyxis Raiders (8 points)
  • 
1 Scrap Thrall (free)

My model choices were based on a few different things. First, I like the idea of the Black Ogrun using the Drag ability. Moving models where I want them is funny in my world. Second, after painting enough Trollbloods, I actually enjoy painting larger trooper models. One of my players back in Boise showed me how effective Bloodgorgers are with Slaughterborn, and I figure I’ll name the unit leader “Fluffy” in his honor. Finally, I wanted to get the list to Tier 4 because anything worth doing is worth over doing—at least, that’s what I’m told.

From a painting standpoint, this army is going very slowly. I’m working on Dangerfish the Harrower, and I’m hoping to show it off along with my two Satyxis Raider captains in an upcoming blog. However, I’m not sure when that’s going to happen since I’m going whole hog on my Gen Con painting project as of this writing. Until then, enjoy these purple Nightwretches!